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Ohio sets tentative date to test 6 exotic animals
Ohio sets tentative date to start medical tests on 6 creatures kept after exotic animal escape
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' The Ohio Department of Agriculture tentatively plans to begin medical tests Dec. 15 on three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear kept at a zoo since their owner released dozens of exotic animals at his farm and killed himself.

The Columbus Zoo has cared for the animals since Terry Thompson released them at his farm near Zanesville in October and set off a hunt by authorities who fatally shot four dozen animals, including rare Bengal tigers, lions and bears.

The state ordered that the surviving animals be kept under quarantine at least until they can be tested for disease. State Department of Agriculture officials say the animals have been eating well and their health has appeared to improve so the tentative date was set to begin testing.

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